Sierra Nevada Corporation has completed the acquisition of UK and Germany-based aircraft company 328 Support Services, which owns the type certificate and intellectual property rights for design, manufacturing, maintenance and certification of the 200 existing Dornier 328 prop and jet aircraft.
SNC holds rights and supplemental type certificates for modernisation technologies that allow the Dornier 328 aircraft to be used in the US for multi-mission applications ranging from transport and cargo to surveillance and medical use.
328 is headquartered in London with its main operations at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport, near Munich, and employs more than 150 staff. The management team is experienced in customer support, aircraft completions and vip/ corporate operations, as well as business growth and improvement strategies. SNC anticipates a close working relationship between 328 and its subsidiary, Kansas-based 3S Engineering, in the areas of design and type certification.
328 purchased the type certificate for the Dornier 328 jet and turbo prop, as well as the Dornier 428 and other assets, in December 2005 from Avcraft, which had acquired it from Fairchild-Dornier.
In addition to continuing the legacy of the Dornier name, 328 has expanded its capabilities to provide an increasing range of services on a host of other aircraft. This includes full STCs, design, and build-and-certify solutions for customers such as Airbus, Lufthansa and Turkish Technic.